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Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

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Rodney Reed’s death sentence was suspended. But researchers say other current cases raise similar doubt about the guilt of the accused.
The number of executions in the United States remains close to nearly a three-decade low. And yet the decline has not prevented what those who closely track the death penalty see as a disturbing trend: a significant number of cases in which prisoners are being put to death, or whose execution dates are near, despite questions about their guilt.
Rodney Reed, who came within days of execution in Texas before an appeals court suspended his death sentence on Friday, has been the most high-profile recent example, receiving support from Texas lawmakers of both parties and celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West, who urged a new examination of the evidence.
Mr. Reed has long maintained that he did not commit the 1996 murder for which he was convicted. And in recent months, new witnesses came forward pointing toward another possible suspect: the dead…

Iran: Former police officer executed in Mashhad; 52 youths awaiting execution in Tehran Prison

At least 52 youths under the age of 32 are awaiting the implementation of their execution sentences in Greater Tehran Prison (Fashafouyeh Prison), according to reports from the prison.

Among these death-row inmates, 32 are imprisoned in Section 1 and another 20 are incarcerated in Section 2 of the prison.

According to informed sources, over 100 death-row prisoners in Unit 2 of Ghezel-Hesar Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran, who engaged in a series of strikes and rioting have been transferred to Fashafouyeh Prison.

Source: Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, August 2, 2016

A Former Police Officer Executed in Mashhad


Reza Sabzevari, 32, former policeman from Neyshabur was executed in Mashhad prison on July 27. His family was informed to attend the last meeting in Mashhad prison 1 day before. Mr. Sabzevari was married and had 2 children, 10 and 2 1/2.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Reza Sabzevari, 32, former policeman from Neyshabur was executed in Mashhad prison.

Mr. Sabzevari was an officer of Department of Fighting Drugs and has been imprisoned since 1 year and a half ago.

There is no information about his charges.

According to informed sources his family has been told in a phone call to go to Mashhad Prison to visit Mr. Sabzevari for the last time.

Source: HRANA News Agency, August 2, 2016

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